Vulnerability in Android Camera App Could Keep Track of Users

Checkmarx cybersecurity experts have discovered a vulnerability in the Camera app that could affect millions of devices.

We are talking about a hole that allows attackers to gain control of cameras through almost any application, activate photo or video shooting, as well as scammers could see GPS coordinates and record telephone conversations of the owner of a mobile phone. In addition, attackers gained access to photo and video content that was stored on the device.

Vulnerability in Android Camera App Could Keep Track of Users

Moreover, the whole process can take place in the background and there is an insignificant chance that the user will be able to detect oddities in the behavior of the smartphone. At the moment, experts report that the vulnerability was found in the Pixel 3 and Pixel 2 XL smartphones, as well as some Samsung models.

Google announced the existence of such a vulnerability on July 4. After checking the information, the company acknowledged the problem and hastened to fix it. At the end of July, a corrective update appeared on the Play Store for all applications where a vulnerability was discovered.

I patched a hole on my smartphones and Samsung. But the Checkmarx experts themselves note that a similar vulnerability could be on devices of other manufacturers, urging them to check them for detection.


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